Chocolate Jesus and how to survive a gallery opening
Well, a showing of a 200 pound chocolate sculpture of a naked Jesus titled “My Sweet Lord” has been cancelled. Basically everyone involved realized that this statue had no artistic merit and was just some sleazy no talent “artist” with a talent for self promotion making a work he knew would get him publicity. People like him have done incalculable damage to the art world and real artists, and it’s high time they were ignored. If your art requires a “gimmick” to get noticed, it isn’t art and you aren’t an artist. Andy Warhol did it, he’s dead, all the modern Andy Warhol wannabes like this chocolate Jesus guy are just tedious.
Actually, the exhibit in question was cancelled because a lot of powerful Catholics found it highly offensive. I don’t really care one way or the other, I mean, it’s an art show people. I just wanted an excuse to vent what I thought about artists who make controversial work just for the attention it gets them. And a chance to pass on some sage advice I once heard about attending art shows or gallery openings or the like. My sources tell me that in order to blend into the art world at these events, three things are required:
1. Wear a black turtleneck sweater.
2. Wear Buddy Holly style glasses.
3. Be able to use the word “juxtaposed” in a sentence.
Who says I don’t post practical information on Doug’s Darkworld?
(The above AP image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It is not being used for profit and it is central to illustrating the post. Dear God let’s hope it doesn’t become a historically important image.)